Friday, January 2, 2009

Our Holiday Happenin's

The end of a year and the beginning of another always makes me look back over the road traveled, but even more so, I find myself looking forward to the days to come. What will they bring? It seems the last few years have been like a fine wine- becoming sweeter and richer with time. I feel so incredibly blessed that some days I feel like I'm living in a fairytale.

This week has been amazing. My husband had December 25th through January 1st off. He had to go into work today, which makes it feel like a Monday... only it's Friday so he'll be home with us for the weekend.

Christmas was lovely. I genuinely enjoy spending time with my extended family, and it was so nice to see my uncle (Dad's brother) and his family again. This was something I really missed when we lived in Indiana.

My brother bought Merikalyn and Nolyn bikes, and Merikalyn also got her very own digital camera so she's officially become a shutterbug like her mama. Nolyn received a football, or flitball as he calls it, and has loved kicking it around in the backyard. Our good friends John and Ashley gave M&N helmets when we visited them, so the kids are all set for safe bike riding.

We went to Louisiana following Christmas to visit friends and family. I was able to snuggle my new little niece, and, let me tell you, she is precious. Holding her made my baby fever triple, and within the deepest cavity of my heart, I ached. Maybe God will bless us with a wee one this year.

Keagan was ever so interested in sweet little Rylie. I expected him to be a little jealous when I held her, but he was "merely" curious. He stood on his tip toes to peek into her carseat when my brother-in-law brought her in and placed her on the chair.

Our friends from Georgia also came in to Louisiana, so we were doubly blessed to be able to spend time with them. They invited us to come live on their land (over 120 acres), and I must say, the idea is very tempting since Brandon and I would love to be more self-sufficient and live in the country, but being so far from family is the down side. I missed them so much when I lived in Indiana, and I love that we live close enough for them to see their Nana, Poppa, and Uncle Chip a couple times a month.

On our way home we stopped in Ikea and entertained the idea of selling every bit of furniture we own and refurnishing our home with Ikea's stylings. Some of their stuff isn't made well (but you get what you pay for, right?), but they have so many great items to help you stay organized and save on space.

We spent New Years Eve and New Years Day organizing and rearranging, while the kids played with AJ, my brother's girlfriend's two year old daughter (she spent the night on NYeve). Btw, Mom turned 27 again on New Years Eve, so head over to her blog (The Chatty Cathy) to leave her a note. I need to help her update it again! We've neglected her blog!

I hope you had a wonderful Christmas and New Year. May God bless you and your families in unexpected ways in 2009!


Amanda said...

Happy New Year!

Wishing you a fantastic 2009 :)

Anonymous said...

I love Merika's hair in that last one. It's super cute!